Remembrance Day 2013 in Edmonton

In honour of brave soldiers throughout Canada and around the world, Edmontonians will take the time to remember their sacrifices for our future

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

Remembrance Day is Monday, November 11.
EDMONTON'S always had a prolific military history, and even today remains an important branch of the Canadian military, as headquarters of the 3rd Canadian Division. 

Part of that Division is Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), one of the three Regular Force Infantry regiments of the Canadian Army. Next August it will celebrate 100 years since The Charter of the Regiment was signed and recruiting began. 

Earlier this year, on June 7, Edmonton's CFB (Canadian Forces base) became the first Canadian military base to raise a rainbow flag in support of Edmonton Pride. The move was groundbreaking and represented the CFB's acceptance of all its soldiers. 

So, to pay our respect to those soldiers past and present, below we've listed all the Remembrance Day events going on in and around Edmonton on Monday, November 11


@9:30AM
     -Non-demonational church service at Marantha Church (11905-47 Street), followed by a parade march to the Beverly Memorial Cenotaph (118 Avenue & 40 Street). The Cenotaph service begins at 10:50AM. 
     -Leduc's Remembrance Day Ceremony will take part in the Co-Op Field House at the Leduc Recreation Centre. Following the service, wreaths will be laid at the Leduc Cenotaph at the Leduc Civic Centre.

@9:45AM
     -The Holy Trinity Anglican Church (10037-84 Avenue) will host a Remembrance Day Service with the soldiers of the South Alberta Light Horse regiment, Edmonton-Strathcona MP Linda Duncan, and Edmonton-Strathcona MLA Rachel Notley. Following the service, at 10:30AM, the SALH will parade down Whyte Avenue to the cenotaph at the Connaugh Armories (Youth Emergency Shelter Society) for a moment of silence at 11:00AM, and then an act of remembrance.

@10:00AM 
     -Memorial service held at the University of Alberta's Butterdome at Van Vliet Centre (89 Avenue & 112 Street). Parking is free at the Butterdome, and public is asked to be seated by 10:10AM. Premier Alison Redford is expected to be in attendance. 
     -There will be no service at the Loyal Edmonton Regiment Military Museum at the Prince of Wales Armouries (10440-108 Avenue), but it will be open to the public from 10AM to 2PM, with traditional silence at 11:00AM.
     -The Jasper Place Branch #255 of the Royal Canadian Legion hosts its annual Remembrance Day Service at the Ice Palace in West Edmonton Mall from 10AM-Noon. 


The Prince of Wales Armouries (10440-108 Avenue) is home to the Loyal Edmonton
Regiment Military Museum.

@10:15AM
     -Mayor Don Iveson and the commanding officer of The Loyal Edmonton Regiment will provide the annual Remembrance Day city service at City Hall's City Room. There is limited seating for the event (seating by 10:10AM), which is followed by an outdoor procession to the City Hall cenotaph, where wreaths will be laid. For the latter event the public are asked to be seated at 10:50AM. 
     -The Spruce Grove Remembrance Day Ceremony will be held at the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre (221 Jennifer Heil Way), hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 281. There will be a two-minute moment of silence at 11:00AM.

@10:30AM 
     -The Ex-Air (RCAF) Alliance will host Remembrance Day service at the Alberta Aviation Museum (11410-Kingsway NW). Doors open at 10:00AM, and visitors are asked to be seated by 10:25AM. Admission fees are waived, though donations are accepted. 
     -St. Albert hosts its Remembrance Day ceremony when, at 10:40AM, veterans, active duty personnel, RCMP, Air Cadets, Army Cadets, and others will march from the Legion hall on Tache Street to the cenotaph on St. Anne Street. A formal ceremony will then begin shortly before 11:00AM.
     -Located on the corner of Gault Boulevard and Griesbach Parade, Griesbach's Patricia Park will be host to a Remembrance Day parade.
     -Sherwood Park's Remembrance Day service will take part at Millennium Place on Field 1. You are asked to be seated before 10:30AM. 

@10:45AM 
     -The Armed Forces, as well as family & friends, will place crosses at the Ainsworth Dyer Memorial Bridge in Rundle Park, in the memory of Dyer and other fallen soldiers. Coffee will be served afterwards at the nearby ACT Centre.

@11:00AM 
     -The 20th Field Regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery will be performing a 21-gun salute at the Alberta Legislature Grounds.
     -From 11AM-2PM the public is welcome to lay Canadian flags at the gravesites of soldiers who gave their lives in military service, in which the city will provide flags at the Edmonton Cemetery (11820-107 Avenue), the Beechmount Cemetery (12420-104 Street), and the Northern Lights Cemetery (156 Street & St. Albert Trail). 

@6:00PM 
     -The McDougall United Church (10025-101 Street) will hold an Interdenominational prayer service, as well as personal peacemaking stories. 

@7:00PM 
     -The fifth annual Remembrance Day Prayer Walk for Peace will kick off at City Hall, as people carry candles as they walk from City Hall to the Gandhi statue at Stanley A. Milner Library. From there, those in participation will walk to Canada Place and finally the War Memorial on Jasper Avenue. Baptist, Catholic, Mennonite and Quaker prayers will follow. 

@7:30PM
     -The works of Beethoven, Jean Coulthard, and Alfred Fisher will be performed as part of the "And Lest We Forget" Memorial Concert at the University of Alberta's Convocation Hall. Admission is free for this event.


"Ric-A-Dam-Doo" (2013)


Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance penned "Ric-A-Dam-Doo," which was 
commissioned by Adrienne Clarkson to commemorate the 100th anniversary 
of the Princess Patricia's Infantry. The track is performed by the wives of 
Edmonton-based soldiers, raising money for the Princess Patricia's Canadian
Light Infantry Foundation, which provides funds and programs for active and 
ex-military personnel in need.

During Remembrance Day all city bus and LRT service will be offered free to people carrying either a veteran's card or Canadian Forces ID card, or anyone dressed in legion or military regalia. Transit lines will be running on a Saturday schedule, though most route will start slightly earlier than usual. For more information call 311 or 780-496-1600, or visit BusLink online

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